The average COVID vaccine wastage in India is 6.5 per cent, the Union health ministry informed on Wednesday hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked chief ministers to address the issue seriously. Earlier in the day, expressing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in some states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for quick and decisive steps to curb the spread of the virus. In a virtual interaction with chief ministers, Modi said the emerging second peak of Coronavirus should be stopped immediately. The Prime Minister’s last interaction with CMs was in January, just before the vaccination roll-out.
India detected 28,903 cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, of which 17,864 cases were from Maharashtra — the highest since September 30 last year. More than 1.14 crore people have been found infected in the country till now, while the number of active cases in the country has increased to more than 2.34 lakh. At least 188 deaths were reported on Tuesday, with 87 casualties from Maharashtra and 38 from Punjab.
Meanwhile, former Union minister and BJP leader Dilip Gandhi died of COVID-19 at a private hospital in New Delhi early Wednesday morning. Gandhi, 69, was in Delhi in connection with some personal work. He had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday and was admitted to a private hospital where he was put on a ventilator. He breathed his last around 3 am this morning, BJP leaders said.
In other news, Beijing has made it mandatory for people coming from India and 19 other countries to get themselves inoculated with Chinese-made Covid-19 vaccines if they wish to travel to China. For Indian travellers, this condition is a problem because Chinese-made vaccines are not available in India.